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There are two copy/paste buffers in Ubuntu:

  1. ctrl+c, ctrl+v and alt+ins, shift+ins
  2. mouse select and click on selected text. That buffers often appears to mix up, and second buffer doesn't work in some applications and circumstances. I'm pretty new to ubuntu. So what is the best practices for configuration these buffers? Also if you tell me, how exactly that configuration can be made, I'll be very happy.
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I use parcellite Install parcellite - a "lightweight GTK+ clipboard manager". See for screenshots.

It can sync both clipboards, has a history and some more features.

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Autocutsel (available in repositories) keeps the clipboard and cutbuffer in sync. You can add it to the startup apps or to your .bashrc file.

It works well for me.

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Some further pointers for reference:

Alternative tools for GNOME/Unity:

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